Second collection for Catholic school tuition help
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
As we begin the celebration of Catholic Schools Week, I ask you to take a moment to reflect upon the role of Catholic schools in the ministry of our Church. I can attest to the tremendous impact Catholic schools had on my formative years, and I am sure that many of you could share similar stories – stories of teachers, principals and parents who cared not only for the intellect but also for the heart.
I ask you also to reflect upon the role of Catholic schools in our country. Whether or not you have a child in a Catholic school, whether or not your parish has a Catholic school, and whether or not you have any connection with a Catholic school, I ask you to consider the rich legacy of Catholic education in America and in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. It is a legacy of faith, fortitude and fidelity to our mission as Catholics.
It is a legacy that continues today as our Catholic schools remain beacons of faith, hope and love in the world. This is what makes Catholic schools special: They are schools centered on the love of Christ; they are schools where children are taught not only what to know but how to live; they are schools of virtue in a society in dire need of virtuous living. Catholic schools form citizens committed to living as disciples of the Lord.
Our Catholic schools need the support of everyone in the community – whether you have children in Catholic schools or not. It is the job of every Catholic to foster the Kingdom of God, and Catholic schools are crucial to our efforts. Every parish in the Archdiocese of New Orleans will take up a second collection January 24-25 to support Catholic schools, and I ask each of you to be generous. So often I hear the request “We want affordable Catholic education.” So do I, and it is quite a challenge. To provide a qualified faculty with just salaries, up-to-date facilities and property insurance is a huge expense. We need funds for more scholarships.
The money collected this weekend will support an endowment for Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. This fund will provide assistance to children whose families cannot afford Catholic school tuition. Our Catholic schools need your support. Please be generous.
Wishing you God’s blessings and with gratitude for your generosity, I am,
Sincerely in Christ,
Most Rev. Gregory M. Aymond
Archbishop of New Orleans